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Three lightning-sparked wildfires fires burned small amounts of public land over the weekend of June 13 and 14. No structures were threatened during the incidents and no injuries were reported.

Bureau of Land Management Fire Management Officer Mike Trent said the Pilgrim Fire scorched about eight acres on the eastern slope of the Hualapai Mountain range on June 13. He said the Wheeler Fire originating in a tree snag blackened about a quarter-acre in the Hualapai’s near Pine Lake the next day.

The Cherokee Point Fire burned a little less than an acre east of Truxton on June 14.

While temperatures and humidity were high that weekend, the lightning strikes were actually the product of a Pacific Ocean driven storm rather than monsoon season storms that move up from the Gulf of Mexico. Trent said monsoon season storm activity typically becomes prevalent in Mohave County in early July.

Trent said an abundance of spring rain-fueled grassy vegetation is the top local concern heading into the 2015 summer fire season.

“The potential for fire to grow large, more rapidly, is there,” Trent said. “There’s above average potential for fire and large fire growth. So bearing that in mind the public really needs to be careful with fire, especially on windy days.”

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